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Opinion The Cypress Hills Street exit and entrace to the Jackie Robinson Parkway. Yellow and white pavement markings are gone when you exit the parkway. (Photo: Google Maps)
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THE COMMUTE: In July, I discussed confusing signage on the Gowanus Expressway regarding the Belt Parkway exit existing for months. It could lead to accidents due to drivers making last minute decisions, and the State Department of Transportation (DOT) stated that they could not do anything about it. Last week I asked, how many other dangerous situations…

Opinion Source: Wikipedia
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THE COMMUTE: A hallmark of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s term has been his emphasis on pedestrian safety, most notably the Vision Zero campaign. You all know where I stand on this issue. My position has been controversial. Whenever I discuss my opposition to some of the features of Vision Zero, those who disagree make the…

Opinion Although Sunday meter regulations were eliminated 10 years ago, two signs on Brighton 12th Street still claim the rules are in effect.
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THE COMMUTE: Confusing signage near where the Belt Parkway separates from the Gowanus Expressway has been misleading commuters for months — sending baffled Belt-bound drivers over the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. However, because the left lane switches to a high-occupancy vehicle lane during the day, the state Department of Transit (DOT) claims little can be done to change the…

Opinion Bus bunching
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THE COMMUTE: Last Thursday, I had an appointment near the Kings Highway train station on the Brighton line. I either take the B1 or B49 to the train. At around 11am, three buses arrived, all three not in service. Shortly thereafter a B1 did not stop and only had about 15 passengers. Then I boarded…

Opinion Photo by Patrick Cashin / MTA
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THE COMMUTE: That is what blogger Ben Kabak requested last week in Second Avenue Sagas. What prompted his article was something I wrote, in which I suggested that the proposed Woodhaven Cross Bay Select Bus Service (SBS) could delay Phase 2 of the Second Avenue Subway (SAS). Both projects are competing for the same federal funds.…

Opinion Photo by Allan Rosen
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THE COMMUTE: Customers should be the MTA’s top priority, but they’re not. That explains why communication is so poor when there are service outages that result in extraordinary waits of up to three hours, such as what occurred last winter in Flushing. Better directions or allowing passengers to board through the rear doors of shuttle buses could…

Opinion East 16th Street and Sheepshead Bay Road. Photo by Erica Sherman
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Editor’s note: Portions of this article were significantly changed due to factual errors that have since been corrected. The premise behind those errors remain in strikeout as a matter of transparency, while some commentary has been deleted or changed. We regret the error. THE COMMUTE: The latest harebrained scheme by the Department of Transportation (DOT) is…

Opinion Source: Wikimedia (Adam E. Moreira)
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THE COMMUTE: The first Woodhaven / Cross Bay Select Bus Service (SBS) newsletter has been released. It claims to provide the latest updated information on the project. However, all it does is reiterate the same information that had previously been provided. The DOT promised, at an April workshop, to provide on their website a complete…

Opinion Slain bus driver, Edwin Thomas, who had a street co-named after him this past week. (Source: Edley Thomas)
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THE COMMUTE: The major local transit news is that the New York City Transit (NYCT) President Carmen Bianco is resigning this summer after nearly two years at the helm and serving many years at NYCT. His service included heading System Safety in the nineties and returning to NYCT as senior vice president of Subways after…

Opinion Two of the three East River crossings, circa 1981. Source: Wikipedia
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THE COMMUTE: Previously we looked at the historical perspective of previous plans to toll the free East River bridges and briefly discussed the Move NY Plan. Now let’s delve a little more deeply into the Move NY Plan. Its supposed goals, other than providing needed mass transit funding, is to: Reduce congestion in midtown and…

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